Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"Women's Equality Day celebrates how far we have come as a society, as well as the many contributions women are making today. These accomplishments are a tribute to the diversity of American society and to our continuing commitment to equality for all Americans."
- Col. Deborah B. Grays, the garrison commander for Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem, Ga.
Women's Equality Day celebrates universal suffrage
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer
"We have all kinds of things going on in the Army because someone didn't want to intervene."
- Iraq Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Wilson, speaking to Soldiers of the 16th Sustainment Brigade, one of the last units in Iraq serving a 15-month deployment
Army's top enlisted in Iraq visits last of surge Soldiers
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
- Early Bird News Site
- Information Papers with "2009 Army Posture Statement"
- Stories of Valor
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- 2009 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2009 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
2009 Commemorations :
Year of the NCO
Year of the Military Family
100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant
August 26: Women's Equality Day : See Women in the Army Web page
National Preparedness Month
Sept. 11: Patriot Day
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 18: POW/MIA Recognition Day
WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS
- Pentagon reporter-screening crisis deepens (Wired)
- Remember a little thing called OPSEC? (AH6)
- VBC servicemembers, Iraqi Scouts leave their mark on community (MPV)
- Military pay & BAH question (AW101)
- U.S. envoy to Afghanistan makes Karzai cry (BH)
- Dedication of the PFC Thomas Tucker Memorial (GTF)
Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams
What is it?
When directed, the Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams (OMLTs) deploy to the combined joint operations area - Afghanistan to coach, teach and mentor Afghanistan National Army (ANA) units; provide a conduit for liaison and command and control; and support the operational planning and employment of an aligned ANA unit in order to support the development of a self sufficient, competent and professional ANA. U.S. augmentation to OMLTs (OMLT-As) builds on state partnership relationships with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries. It demonstrates commitment to emerging nations and strengthens alliances with these nations enabling them to contribute OMLTs. OMLTs do not have a standard configuration; they vary in number of rotations and personnel requirements. However, at a minimum, each OMLT-A will have at least 12 U.S. personnel.
What has the OMLT done?
OMLT-As are created using the NATO concept of operations published by Supreme Headquarters Allied Power Europe. ARNG Soldiers augment OMLT-As to fill critical vacancies within the structures of the participating NATO countries. In May 2008, the adjutant general of Michigan and the chief of defense of Latvia agreed to partner in two OMLT rotations. Since then, Ohio, Tennessee, Minnesota, and Michigan have agreed to support their NATO partners (for example, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Latvia) in some form of OMLT mission. They contribute to kandak, garrison and combat support and combat service support level OMLTs.
What continued efforts does the OMLT have planned for the future?
The state partnership program as of August 1, 2009 has 61 partnerships and 2 bilateral relationships, with 21 partnerships in Unites States European Command. The Army National Guard plans to expand this program to involve additional states and their international partners.
Why is this important to the Army National Guard?
Without the National Guard's assistance, many NATO partners would be unable to participate in the International Security Assistance Force mission. OMLTs alleviate the need for an increase in Embedded Training Team. The OMLT builds upon the strong foundation of the state partnership program as well as the influence of NATO. This includes leveraging the existing partnerships of Ohio and Hungary, Tennessee and Bulgaria, Minnesota and Croatia, and Michigan and Latvia.
Army National Guard
The National Guard
ABOUT THE ARMY
- On Capitol Hill, female Soldiers discuss equality (ARMY)
- New Army uniforms will hopefully save lives (KTKA)
- Army report: Gaps in training for recovery unit (HC)
- Troops reject ear protection in Afghanistan (AT)
- Blast waves may cause human brain injury even without direct head impacts (SD)
- General Dynamics wins $100M Army deal (BJ)
- Deployments hard on teens (WT)
- Expanded sick leave would cover swine flu caretakers (WP)
- Doctors, scientists team up to understand, improve wounded warrior care (FHS)
- CIA contractors will be a focus of interrogation investigation (LAT)
- Kennedy to have Boston funeral, Arlington burial (AP)
- Park Service studying D-Day Memorial (WT)
- Opinion: The war on terror is over (WSJ)
- Letter to the Editor: Homeless female veterans (NYT)
- Pakistan concern over aid from U.S. (BBC)
- Mohammed Jawad: 'I was 12 when I was arrested and sent to Guantanamo' (TO)
- U.S. helicopter attacks clinic treating Taliban commander (GRD)
- Second blast strikes Kandahar (AJ)
- U.K. suffered one casualty in Afghanistan for every vote (LDT)
- Nervous west awaits Afghan poll results (FT)
- Russia: Army wants to buy French warship (MT)
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